Scarlets v Edinburgh
Edinburgh Rugby were outscored and outplayed by a clinical Scarlets side, who scored four tries on their way to recording a 26-10 victory tonight in Llanelli.
Scarlets Rhys Patchell dotted down for a try in the opening exchanges with prop Wyn Jones and back-row James Davies following suit in the first-half. Stand-off, Patchell, supplied his second score of the night prior to the interval to secure a bonus-point for his side.
Centre Phil Burleigh scored Edinburgh’s only try of the half and the game, with stand-off Duncan Weir adding five points from the kicking-tee.
Neither side was able to muster a score in a turgid second-half.
Patchell marked his return from injury and provided his side with some early inspiration as he exposed a gap in the defence and exhibited a turn of pace to run in for a try from 40 metres after just three minutes. He was, however, unable to add the extras to his own score (5-0).
His opposite number, Weir, replied on behalf of Edinburgh with a penalty in the eighth minute to close the gap (5-3).
Scarlets showed their intent on 18 minutes as they turned down a kickable penalty and instead opted to dig the ball into touch. Their decision was rewarded as, from the subsequent lineout, Jones peeled off a maul to bundle over for his side’s second try of the game. Patchell converted (12-3).
With the momentum in their favour, Scarlets continued to crank up the pressure on Edinburgh with quick, front-foot ball giving them a solid attacking platform.
With 23 minutes on the clock, Davies ran a smart short-line off of the shoulder of his captain, Hadleigh Parkes, to receive a pop pass and scuttle in for his side’s third score of the game, Patchell again converting (19-3).
Edinburgh gave a prompt reply with Burleigh scoring his side’s sole try of the game on 26 minutes. Ross Ford created the opportunity in charging down Aled Davies’ box-kick, with Allan Dell collecting the loose ball and giving a well weighted pass to the centre, who cantered in under the sticks. Weir was successful with the conversion attempt (19-10).
However, the nine-point margin was short lived as Scarlets retort came through a further Patchell score. The Llanelli based side made good use of an overlap when incumbent Wales centre Jonathan Davies found the stand-off in the wide channels with a miss-pass, buying him enough space to touch down for his second, and his side’s fourth, try of the game. The half-back made amends for his earlier miss and duly converted his own score to extend his side’s lead (26-10).
HALF-TIME | Scarlets 26 – 10 Edinburgh Rugby
Scarlets had an opportunity to extend their lead early in the second-half yet centre Davies’ inability to find the supporting Aled Davies with the potential scoring pass let Edinburgh off the hook.
Edinburgh soon created a scoring chance of their own as try-scorer Burleigh split the defence from a set-piece move before offloading to Blair Kinghorn, who was brought down within metres of the whitewash.
The second-half, thereafter, was fairly uneventful with play centring around the middle of the park and neither side able to capitalise on their respective periods of possession.
Scarlets made a final foray in the closing minutes, yet their efforts were to no avail as a knock-on put an end to the attack and the game.
FULL-TIME | Scarlets 26 – 10 Edinburgh Rugby